Joshua: Knocking opponents out is what I should be doing, Whyte another stepping stone

Anthony Joshua believes his ambitions of becoming world champion remain on track as long as he keeps on dealing easily with his learning curve opponents.

The 25 year-old is set to step-up his opposition later this year when the Olympic champion collides with old amateur rival Dillian Whyte for the British title and says stopping all thirteen of his foes so far means all is going to plan.

“This is what I should be doing to these opponents. If I wasn’t knocking them out or beating them I don’t think I’d have much of a chance of being a champion. I am knocking them out and it’s great, but hang on a minute – this is what I’m supposed to do,” Joshua told Sportsmail.

Whyte has been vocal in his attempts to get a return with Joshua in the pro ranks made and recently met up with Eddie Hearn to thrash out the details of a massive domestic contest in November or December of this year.

First of all, Whyte will fight on the Luke Campbell v Tommy Coyle undercard in Hull on August 1st, a fight that will give Joshua an opportunity to witness first-hand what lies in front of him.

Joshua isn’t too worried though and says Whyte is just another notch on his path to the top.

“Dillian is another stepping stone. I’ve higher ambitions than beating someone who is 14-0,” said Joshua.

“The only issue I have is that he should stop talking about me and focus on his own career. If his ambitions are to beat me he’s got the wrong mindset. He should be aiming higher than that. I don’t understand why he’s so sprung on beating someone like me.

“It surprises me because you should want to beat the best in the world. I’m not the best in the world yet. People ask if he’s my rival? No, he’s not a threat to me,” he added.